Regional Food Bank Provided Thousands of Meals to Students, Families During Teacher Walkout

Community Support Key to Fighting Hunger Across Central and Western Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – (April 13, 2018) – While schools were closed throughout central and western Oklahoma during the teacher walkout, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma collaborated with partner agencies and nonprofits across Oklahoma to keep students, families and school personnel fed

“We are so grateful to our donors, volunteers, partners and local organizations for helping us provide thousands of meals for students and families while schools were closed,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “I also want to thank the numerous school districts that did an incredible job keeping their nutrition services open and available, providing meals to children throughout our state.”

Moore Food & Resource Center, a program of the Regional Food Bank, was just one of many organizations providing clients with food assistance while schools were closed.

“Kendra is a single mother of three who struggles daily with expenses,” said Skyler Parker, executive director of Moore FRC. “She had never heard of Moore FRC until the teacher walkout, even though she lives in the area. She had food for her children while schools were closed and a new resource for the future.”

Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the nation, with one in four children living with hunger. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 Oklahomans every week.

“We still need support from the community to ensure families have enough food to put on the table,” said Fitzgerald. “Join us in fighting hunger by volunteering at the Regional Food Bank, or making a financial gift. Every dollar donated will provide four meals to families, children and seniors with inconsistent access to healthy food.”

For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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